Greg Logan crowned West Lothian Masters champion

Greg Logan shows off the West Lothian Masters trophy and Green Jacket
Greg Logan shows off the West Lothian Masters trophy and Green Jacket
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Greg Logan is basking in the limelight of being crowned the Johnston Oils-sponsored West Lothian Masters champion having reeled off a hat-trick of wins in the final day’s play at Newbridge BC to capture the £1000 title and signature Green Jacket.

Logan, 37, whose older brother Grant has won the Masters on four occasions, is a member of a renowned family of bowlers from Kirkliston but he was representing Uphall Station as he clinched his first WLM title.

Greg, a former Linlithgow Rose goalkeeper who holds a Scottish Junior Cup winner’s medal from the 2001-2002 campaign, said: “I joined Uphall Station this season to be with some pals who play there but I thought my only chance of slipping into a Green Jacket was to borrow one from my brother as he has some to spare. Winning the West Lothian Masters is a sensational feeling for me.”

Logan’s final-day run started in extremely windy conditions and his quarter-final task looked tough in the shape of 57-year-old Gary Smith, the No.5 seed who had reached three previous finals and won one of them. Smith had ridden his luck from 19-12 down to beat Darren Pearce of Kirkliston 21-20 in their section final but became a victim of role reversal when leading Logan 19-14 before blown away by his opponent’s storming run of 1, 2, 1, 1, 2 to 21.

Logan’s escape pitched him against one of his Station pals in David Lamb, 35, and, in a repeat 25-ender, he picked up the pace from 11-10 and battled on to clinch a 21-16 victory.

Mark Allison came into the final having taken 18 ends to capture the 21-8 scalp of No.14 seed Raymond Logan – uncle of Greg – and followed up with a 21-15 win over 66-year-old Bob Mackay of Armadale in 21 ends having pushed on from 10-8 to gain command at 17-11. Mackay had held on from 20-10 in his quarter-final to beat No.7 seed Brian Craig of Glenmavis 21-19.

In the final, Allison made the stronger start to lead 6-0. However, a four-shot explosion onto the card at end five was followed by a blitz of 2, 2, 2, 2, 1, 1, 3 that rocketed Logan into a 17-6 lead before Allison showed hints of a revival at 18-10.

Logan had been asked to cope with the introduction of a short-mat tactic by his opponent but he counter-punched with a late 1, 2 that knocked Allison out 21-10 in 18 ends.

Other quarter-final result: David Lamb 21, Paul Sweeney (Newbridge) 15.